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Giving for Good Turns Up the Heat in Extreme Cold

Man and woman holding up clothesAs temperatures plunge across the state – and across the country – the homeless population continues to utilize emergency drop-in shelters to escape the cold. Staying out of the winter elements can be a challenge, especially when the temperature drops to 32 degrees or below and a Code Blue alert has been issued.

What started as a simple Needs Assessment Survey back in 2019, helped us really identify how we could help provide essential supplies to organizations during the difficult, cold, and brutal winter months.

Thanks to donations to our Giving for Good program, our third year of Code Blue support has been completed, providing more than $50,000 in emergency supplies to 15 homeless and family crisis shelters across the state. That is almost as much as our first two years combined!

As expected, the need for cold weather items were in high demand again this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make PPE supplies a top priority for organizations to provide safety as well as shelter.


What does $50,000 in supplies look like? 

Supplies Requested

  • 1,020 Cot-sized Fleece Blankets
  • 345 Winter Coats
  • 3,958 Socks
  • 2,580 Winter Hats
  • 220 Winter Gloves


  • 500 Sweatpants/Sweatshirts
  • 6,480 Hand Warmer Packs
  • 10,850 Face Masks
  • 30,000 Disinfecting Wipes
  • 18,435 Toiletry/Personal Items (Soap, razors, toothbrushes, deodorant, tissues, toilet paper, etc.)


Organizations Supported

  • Binghamton Rescue Mission
  • Buffalo City Mission
  • City Mission of Schenectady
  • Compass House
  • Danielle's House



  • Gateway Longview
  • Hearts for the Homeless
  • Joseph's House & Shelter
  • S.H.I.P.
  • Samaritan Center Inc.


  • Shelters of Saratoga
  • Syracuse Rescue Mission
  • Unity House
  • Vera House

Now that's Giving for Good!

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